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Should all children should be taught to code in school?
Adding coding to the school curriculum means that something else must be left out.
There is already a strain on the current UK curriculum, with
54% of parents wanting more time to be devoted to teaching their children personal finance skills
. Adding this to the curriculum should be prioritised over coding.
School curricula are already overloaded.
In many countries "IT" is already a subject where children learn how to use "MS Office". That's something they could learn on their own, easier than coding by far.
Coding can be integrated into pre-existing subjects such as sciences and mathematics. For example, Conrad Wolfram proposed
as a way to augment mathematics curriculum with computer-based calculation.
It would be good if coding replaced less valuable subjects on the curriculum.